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Negotiations, 1972-1990

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Negotiations traces the intellectual journey of a man widely acclaimed as one of the most important French philosphers. A provocative guide to Deleuze by Deleuze, the collection clarifies the key critical concepts in the work of this vital figure in contemporary philosphy, who has had a lasting impact on a variety of disciplines, including aesthetics, film theory, psycho-a ...more
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Published September 29th 1997 by Columbia University Press (first published 1990)
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Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Experienced adults of a certain age should avoid Negotiations, for it may create an explosion within the comfortable field of their self-possession.

Ingenuous kids may want to pass on it too, because it could sound the death knell to to their cherished sense of personal privacy.

But for my own stressed-out middle-aged Self it heralded the advent of a new intellectual freedom of expression...

But - YIKES! - would later have me try to save my sacred sense of decency, holding tight “comme si avec les
Jul 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Sure Deleuze is a poststructuralist, but who really cares about that? What I found in this book of mostly interviews wasn't just a great introduction to Deleuze, but an actual usefulness, as in useful for my own thinking. The last 12 pages of the book, the interview Control and Becoming and the short essay Postscript on Control Societies was worth the price of admission. The book is set into 5 parts; From Anti-oedipus to A Thousand Plateaus, Cinema, Michel Foucault, Philosophy, Politics. It's ea ...more
Conor Heaney
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Repressive forces don't stop people expressing themselves but rather force them to express themselves. What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, and ever rarer, thing that might be worth saying. What we're plagued by these days isn't any blocking of communication, but pointless statements [...] You can listen to people for hours, but what's the point? ... That's why arguments are such a strain, why there's never any ...more
Eric Phetteplace
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I'm not gonna lie, I didn't learn much about Deleuze's outlook from this book, but it was a valuable read anyways. This is one of those posthumous, grab-a-bunch-of-interviews-and-uncollected-essays type of books but it fairs better than most because Deleuze is excellent in conversation, very good at distilling his ideas down to their key concepts and combating common misconceptions. If you've read much of Deleuze or read much about him, you've probably come across some of his famous quotes which ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Your writing has to be liquid or gaseous simply because normal perception and opinion are solid, geometric. It’s what Bergson did in philosophy, what Virginia Woolf or Henry James did with the novel, what Renoir did in cinema (and what experimental cinema, which has gone a long way exploring the states of matter, does). Not becoming unearthly. But becoming all the more earthly by inventing laws of liquids and gases on which the earth depends. So style requires a lot of silence and work to make ...more
Navid Baharlooie
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Deleuze’s way of thinking is notoriously hard to understand. I’m not sure I understand it. This book offers some good guidelines, but I wouldn’t recommend it as an introduction.

In the form of various interviews we get a different angle to Deleuze’s philosophy, such as Anti Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus. We also get a sense of how Deleuze understands the nature and purpose of philosophical activity.

I really liked the interviews about his reading of Foucault. These interviews are insightful to u
Felipe Takehara
Os conceitos utilizados pelo autor são complexos demais para alguém que não conhece seu pensamento, e neste livro eles são utilizados como se seu entendimento já estivesse posto, porquanto se trata de uma coletânea de entrevistas, cartas e ensaios. Não entendi muito de suas ideias, mas algumas são interessantes. Instigou-me a comprar mais livros sobre o mesmo autor.
bram ieven
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection of essays by Deleuze brings together a series of minor writings, largely of interest to readers already familiar with Deleuze’s major work.

Although the essays on Foucault, Leibniz, Spinoza or film theory can be read independently from the major works, the essays collected in Negotiations are mostly additions to Deleuze’s major books on those topics rather than stand-alone essays. There are a couple of great exceptions though. For readers interested in French cinema tthere’s a ge
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Oliver Bateman
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Useful overview of "later" Deleuze. The author interviews may not be as detailed as, say, The Fold or his mumbo-jumbo-filled collaborations with Guattari, but Deleuze himself seems less concerned with formal precision and more interested in the invention and deployment of new concepts, feelings, and ways of seeing. "Mediators" is an especially perspicuous essay, as Deleuze in a handful of sentences summarizes many of the problems with modern forms of cultural production. The short concluding ess ...more
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El momento diferencial de control imperial debe ser seguido por la administración y jerarquización de estas diferencias en una economía general de comando. Mientras el poder colonial buscaba fijar identidades separadas, puras, el Imperio se mueve en circuitos de movimiento y mezcla. El aparato colonial era una especie de matriz donde se fundían moldes fijos, definidos, pero la sociedad de control imperial funciona mediante la modulación, “como un molde auto–deformante que cambia continuamente, d ...more
Not only do we get a closer, and rather less dense glimpse at Deleuze's unusual (and in my opinion, pretty insightful/awesome) perspective, we also get an unusually good sense of Deleuze-the-human as he comes forth on a number of topics in interviews and short essays. In particular, I like the opening "Letter to Harsh Critic," which is way funnier than any other piece of critical theory I've ever encountered. For example: "Non-oedipal love is pretty hard work." Kudos.
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
'AND is neither one thing nor the other, it's always in between, between two things; it's the borderline, there's always a border, a line of flight or flow, only we don't see it, because it's the least perceptible of things. And yet it's along this line of flight that things come to pass, becomings evolve, revolutions take shape' (Deleuze: 1995, 45).
Martin Ledstrup
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
'Negotiations' is often called the best place to start the journey into Deleuze. Having read both 'Negotiations' and 'Dialogues', I disagree: it's Dialogues. In contrast to Negotiations, a collection of Q&A interviews and essays, Dialogues is Deleuzian in style, too. And style, to Deleuze, is everything.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
the section on cinema was kinda a slog for me (mostly because i was not familiar with a lot of the work being discussed). the rest was great though...especially the sections on foucault, philosophy, and politics. these end sections are probably some of the most clear and accessible formulations of deleuze's thought that i have ever encountered. "postscript on control societies" is a real gem.
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brantley gave me this book. it's really great but hard to get through, kind of like walking around in the hills of san francisco. word up
in "Contrôle et devenir" : "La jurisprudence est créatrice de droits"

p.240 Post-scriptum sur les sociétés de contrôle

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Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great intro to Deleuze. Review published in Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature 21.2 (1997): 480-482.
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We sometimes go on as though people can’t express themselves. In fact they’re always expressing themselves. The sorriest couples are those where the woman can’t be preoccupied or tired without the man saying “What’s wrong? Say something…,” or the man, without the woman saying … and so on. Radio and television have spread this spirit everywhere, and we’re riddled with pointless talk, insane quantities of words and images. Stupidity’s never blind or mute. So it’s not a problem of getting people to express themselves but of providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people expressing themselves but rather force them to express themselves; What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, and ever rarer, thing that might be worth saying. What we’re plagued by these days isn’t any blocking of communication, but pointless statements. But what we call the meaning of a statement is its point. That’s the only definition of meaning, and it comes to the same thing as a statement’s novelty. You can listen to people for hours, but what’s the point? . . . That’s why arguments are such a strain, why there’s never any point arguing. You can’t just tell someone what they’re saying is pointless. So you tell them it’s wrong. But what someone says is never wrong, the problem isn’t that some things are wrong, but that they’re stupid or irrelevant. That they’ve already been said a thousand times. The notions of relevance, necessity, the point of something, are a thousand times more significant than the notion of truth. Not as substitutes for truth, but as the measure of the truth of what I’m saying. It’s the same in mathematics: Poincaré used to say that many mathematical theories are completely irrelevant, pointless; He didn’t say they were wrong – that wouldn’t have been so bad.

“So it’s not a problem of getting people to express themselves but of providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people expressing themselves but rather force them to express themselves; What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, and ever rarer, thing that might be worth saying.” 8 likes
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